Before graduating fashion school she had already styled for Prada and Valentino. Three years later, her own line was launched in NYC. Meet the creator of Cloak and Dagger, Brookelynn Starnes, as she spills her opinions on everything from celebs, to shoes, to her favorite fall trends.

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SHK: HOW DO YOU KEEP A BALANCE BETWEEN NEW AND VINTAGE ITEMS IN YOUR STORE?

Brookelynn Starnes: The store consists mostly of new stuff but I try to keep a nice selection of vintage pieces as well but that varies depending on what we find and when.

HANDBAGS OR SHOES?

Definitely shoes!

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY OR TAKE BACK?

Absolutely nothing. I look to the future and not the past.

EVERY GIRL NEEDS A…

Great pair of shades and confidence.

WHO IS THE CLOAK AND DAGGER CUSTOMER?

Our customers are the most bad ass ladies on the planet and I’m so honored they shop with us! They are fashion savvy and in the know with killer taste!

HAS CLOAK AND DAGGER BEEN WORN BY ANY CELEBS?

Yes, Alexa Chung and Michelle Williams are regular clients and we have a constant flow of celebs of all calibers coming

BEST DRESSED CELEBRITY?

I’d have to go with a oldie but a goodie and go with a vintage icon like Jane Birkin or Brigitte Bardot.

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DESCRIBE YOUR HOME IN THREE WORDS?

Heaven on earth.

WHEN YOU GOT YOUR FIRST JOB IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY, HOW DID YOUR LIFE CHANGE?

Things went from 0-60 when I got my first job. I was dealing with very high profile clientele and industry a-listers. I was like, oh, this is New York but I think I was just really fortunate.

WHAT DESIGNER ITEM ARE YOU EYEING TO BUY NEXT?

I honestly have everything I need but I do want a diamond necklace like the one Yoko Ono used to wear.

WHAT SHOULD YOU SPLURGE ON AND WHAT SHOULD YOU SAVE ON?

Splurge on accessories that are timeless. Save on fashion trends and don’t spend all your dough. You’ll regret it next season.

WORST PART ABOUT BEING THE BOSS?

I’m the one telling everyone what to do.

ONE DESIGNER YOU CAN’T RESIST?

Lauren Moffatt.

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DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE PIECE OF CLOTHING OR ACCESSORY IN YOUR CLOSET THAT IS SPECIAL TO YOU?

Yes, a vintage dress that I adore that is my husbands favorite and my Orla Kiely Margot Tenenbaum coat.

TREND YOU’RE MOST EXCITED FOR THIS FALL?

These cutie pie little sets everyone is doing. We have a really great Danish line I wrote for Fall coming in that has some cute versions of them. I also love the Sessun blazer coats. So French. So chic.

TREND YOU’RE LEAST EXCITED FOR THIS FALL?

Birkenstocks and pastels.

WHAT BEAUTY PRODUCT CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT?

Aquaphor lip ointment.

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A LESSON THAT YOU LEARNED, SOMEWHERE OTHER THAN SCHOOL, THAT HELPED YOU SUCCEED?

If you fall, pick yourself up and keep going. That’s the key to success in business. You have to be tough or you won’t make it. And hard work pays off every time! Trust your gut!

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